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Altogether serving for green sports at the first hybrid partner meeting!

11/10/2021

The home of European Volleyball in Luxembourg played host on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 October 2021 to the first hybrid meeting of the Green Sports Hub Europe project.

Next to members of the CEV Development Department who hosted the event, the attendees onsite at the CEV Headquarters included representatives from ACR+, BCW, EUSA, European Athletics, the Green Sports Europe Hub Secretariat, the Portuguese Sports Confederation, Rugby Europe, and Surfrider Foundation Europe – who act as Project Coordinators. Moreover, further partners – i.e. UK Active, Green Cycling Norway, Team Planet and the National Olympic Committee of Slovenia – joined from afar via teleconference.

They came together aiming at serving for green sports.

“Convening for the first time partners in person – even if through a hybrid format- allowed us to create the real seed for the project development.”

Antidia Citores, Surfrider Foundation Europe

An opportunity to get to strengthen the bond  

The two-day meeting started with icebreakers and a group discussion on what the Green Sports Hub Europe means to each of the partners, thus identifying the purpose of the hub and the target audience for the tool as well. The attendees discussed how to interpret the data resulting from a survey on existing barriers in sustainability in sports, and where the partners could achieve the largest impact with the help of the hub. Further discussions followed revolving around what type of events to use to test the intellectual outputs on (e.g. scaled size, age group, indoor vs outdoor, season, etc…) before reviewing best practices when it comes to sustainable sports.

 

Serving together for green sports

The partners reconvened on Friday to review the current survey results analysis and key figures found so far, discuss on the findings and define where there are gaps in awareness from the stakeholders. Friday’s agenda included a brainstorm on the website structure for the hub in order to best suit the stakeholders’ needs and make the information/self-assessment as easily accessible as possible.

 

Finally, the partners discussed the future PR and communication strategy and defined the next steps for the approach needed to promote what is happening with the project once the relevant outputs become available.

They agreed to meet again in January 2022 on a similar hybrid format.

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